Grateful Dead Live at McNichols Arena on 1979-08-14
- Grateful Dead
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Mama Tried ->
Easy To Love You
The Music Never Stopped
The Promised Land
Ship Of Fools
Samson And Delilah
Terrapin Station ->
Playing In The Band ->
Not Fade Away ->
Stella Blue ->
U.S. Blues ->
Johnny B. Goode
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|Mama Tried ->|
|Easy To Love You|
|The Music Never Stopped|
|The Promised Land|
|Ship Of Fools|
|Samson And Delilah|
|Terrapin Station ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|Not Fade Away ->|
|Stella Blue ->|
|U.S. Blues ->|
|Johnny B. Goode|
-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Recorded by Rob Eaton
-- Cassette Master digitzied by Rob Eaton
- 2008-07-24 05:27:29
- Cassette Master -> Dat (Sony R500) -> VXPocket v2 -> Samplitude Professional v10.1 -> FLAC
- Denver, CO
- Run time
- Taped by
- Rob Eaton
- Transferred by
- Rob Eaton and Charlie Miller
- McNichols Arena
Subject: Committed to replacement venue
Not the most exciting Denver run, but there are highlights throughout. The day before's 1st set + this 2nd set makes a good show. The 1st set has no trainwrecks or struggles, but it's lackluster. The show is known for the 2nd set and the first-ever Easy to Love You. 1st set is AUD-only. 7 songs are repeated from the nights before.
First Set. Starts average GOGD and warms up, beginning at Tennessee Jed. The first Easy to Love You, which still has the "warming woman" lyrics, ain't bad, but it's still forming. Passenger is the only one of the seven repeats played better on this night. Stagger Lee is so lifelessly slowed that even with pitch correction it's almost a ballad. Music Never Stopped leaves 'em happy.
Second Set.Promised Land is tight but rote; Dead-by-the-numbers. It all goes wide though, for Ship of Fools, carrying into an uptempo and tight Samson. There's no handle on Terrapin but, as others have pointed out, the jam on Playin' is the best ensemble playing of the show. Mickey stays out for a sidereal Space. Not Fade Away is more traditional than the one from the start of the run; it's tempo slowly sinks down. Stella Blue is pretty standard until the last couple minutes, with Jer's best work of the night. The rest is above average.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¼ stars
Ship of Fools - Jer takes the horns
Samson & Delilah - uptempo & tight
Playing in the Band - night's best jam
SOURCES: There is no complete SBD. The best AUD is the eaton_miller_93047 (a better-loved version of munder_9563). It's best for the 1st set and for the complete Drums but is pitched a tad slow, needing +1% (except the first track). The walker-scotton-miller_32500 SBD has the 2nd set but it's pitched too slow and needs +1.5% (except Terrapin). The miller_119949 is a partial 2nd set SBD (sans Drums and the improv break) with the tracks mislabeled (and also needs re-pitched). Wish list: A complete SBD and a matrix.
kbmill - There's more to an analog signal chain than the mics and the heads. The physics of how a mic captures frequencies remains the same, but everything else improved after 1979, including wider freq ranges, lower wow/flutter and higher signal/noise ratios (check the Sony line for one example).
Subject: bread crumb
Makes you wonder what happened in May of 1981...
This is a superior audience recording. The Terrapin > Playing > Drums is remarkable. The previous commenters remark that it's pretty good for the available technology cracks me up. Microphones have gotten smaller, but not better, and three head tape decks put down a complete dynamic range signal. It starts our as an analog signal...
Subject: Awesome recording, good show
Subject: What a show! Brent's orginal tune debut etc.
The "Not Fade Away" was considerably different than at Red Rocks, and the "Improvisation", (I refuse to say "Space", since there is no air in space, therefore no sound), was very mellow. I can still picture it well in my mind in color, being up front at this general admission concert; since that's what our tickets said which were originally intended for Red Rocks, but since they had to move because of the rain here to McNichols, they had left the seats on the floor, so it was a mad dash to get a a chair. All the tunes were well played!
Subject: My first real show
They succeeded. No cops were hurt, and there were no arrests, as far as I could tell.
Sampson and Delilah is incredible, as is the jam segment of Playing in the Band.
This is an excellent recording considering the technology available at that time. Great work.
Listening to it in retrospect, I consider it one of the best shows I personally attended. Thank you for uploading this incredible show.
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